Written by Jack Meltzer
Environmental Earth Science Professor James "Drew" Hyatt
Hyatt is best known for his services as a mentor and advisor both in and out of the classroom. He insists on developing meaningful relationships with each of his students, which has resulted in record enrollment in his introductory courses in the Environmental Earth Science major.
"In terms of teaching, he is among the most dedicated educators at Eastern," wrote Charles Wynn, chair of the Distinguished Professor Committee, in nominating Hyatt for the award. "He always strives to provide his students with high quality lectures as well as meaningful writing assignments and quantitative computer-based exercises."
In addition to quality lectures, Hyatt provides students with research projects that closely resemble research what they may encounter in graduate school. Student presentations at local and national meetings have helped to make Eastern's Environmental Earth Science Department a major contributor at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting.
"This year's awardee clearly represents the faculty ideal at Eastern," Wynn continued. "He truly exemplifies what a professor at a public liberal arts institute should be, and thereby serves as a role model for all of us."
Hyatt's research interests fall into two main categories: geomorphologic research and multimedia research and development. His work has positively affected the local community. By supplying lake sediment data to the Andover Lake Watershed Committee, he has helped the overall management and performance of that lake.
This past year Hyatt collaborated with William Jones, professor of visual arts, to contribute to the First -Year program by developing an "Art Rocks" cluster; a project that has segued into landscape analysis research.
Hyatt earned his bachelor's degree from